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- National Institute of Mental Health
Presents the experiences of a teenage black, relating his views of the system, showing his relationship with the church, school, society, drugs and community self-help programs. Tells of war, revolution, Watts, the Black Panthers and the police. Concludes with the idea of being one's self.
Negro youth United States African Americans Teenagers Adolescence
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- United States
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Subject: All bound for Muu Muu Land
Subject: A Wonderful Slice of Life
This film is very much a snapshot of a specific point of time and a particular place. Young Teddy, a thoughtful and bright young man growing up in the riot-devastated and aggressivly policed Watts section of Los Angeles, reflects on the nature of the world around him as he attempts to find himself. The year before, the leadership of the once-active Black Panther Party in LA had been taken down after a shootout with LAPD SWAT, and the Panthers are now in a state of decline. As signs of success stemming from the civil rights movement begin to appear, younger blacks with a more positive attitude and older, more cynical blacks argue as to whether these changes mean anything significant. Teddy, once swayed by the revolutionary message of Mao's Little Red Book and the posturing of the Panthers, is ini the midst of changing directions to one that requires more patience. One of the things I ask my students to do is tell me what they think that Teddy is doing nowadays. Most of them assume that he is involved in community service of some sort: a teacher, or running a community center, or a neighborhood leader. I personaly would love to know what has become of him in the last three and a half decades. Five stars because this little gem has proven itself as such a useful little artifact in my classroom. It documents urban African-Americans at a critical crossroads, as they assess their new status in American society and as they begin to plot a course for the future.